“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:19 (KJV)
Hayley Thompson leads the music project, A New Thing, an international collaboration of vocalists and musicians shaping a new movement in gospel house music. Their debut single, Psalm 23: Detroit to NYC, will be released on October 28th on Whasdat Music/ Brooklyn Girl Music.
The track represents a new take on the style heard in gospel house classics, reminiscent of Kenny Bobien’s “I Shall Not Be Moved.” Thompson, a Brooklyn, NY native currently living in Detroit, came to love house music while living in New York City. “I would check out DJs and producers like Ian Friday at the Brooklyn Tea Party, Danny Krivit at the 718 Sessions, and Eman’s Bang the Party in Fort Greene.” These influences led to the creation of A New Thing and the production of “Psalm 23.” “I wanted to capture the joy of soulful house music and that combination of spiritual energy, dance, and community that makes so many of us love it.”
Thompson co-wrote the single with composer Karim Beldjilali (NYC) and co-produced it with Detroit house music legend and mainstay, Pirahnahead, founder of Whasdat Music. The other talented members of A New Thing collaborated across cities and continents. Music industry veteran, Carllie Jaxen (NYC), masterfully provides the lead vocal. The background vocalists are Detroiters and include popular house vocalist Eric King, gospel performance favorite, Teyonee Reed, Jeanne Harris Parks, Keir Coleman Ward, Lee McPherson, and Toni Washington. Musicians include Los Hermanos’ Gerald Mitchell on keyboards and organ, France-based phenomenon Slikk Tim Becherand on bass, and local bass player Dave Henderson. Thompson provided additional instrumentals.